5 Ways Tablets Are Changing How We Do Business

Tablets have been perhaps the most surprising innovation of the last ten years—one of those magical products that we “didn’t know we needed”. From the briefcases of executives to the pockets of wait staff, tablets have become ubiquitous in nearly every industry. Here are a few of the biggest ways tablets have changed the face of the business world.

1. Building the market for cloud technology

One of the most noticeable changes that tablets have produced in the business world is actually caused by a weakness. Since tablets lack the raw computing power of a desktop, they’re often inadequate to run the most cutting-edge business software—so app developers began working around that limitation with apps that did the “heavy lifting” off-site, and simply streamed the relevant information back to the tablet. Consequently, we’ve seen an explosion in demand for cloud-based business resources and faster connection speeds, leading to more efficient use of server resources across the board, even for desktop apps.

2. Revitalizing one-on-one sales

We’ve become accustomed to the idea that innovations and new technology will either disrupt or eliminate more traditional methods, but the rise of tablets has breathed new life into a very old-school marketing strategy: the face-to-face, in-person sales pitch. With fully interactive tablet demos, sales reps are able to give a much more hip and informative presentation than the tacky flip-books and laminates they used before. And tablet credit card readers give sales reps the ability to strike while the iron is hot—with a smartphone credit card reader, they can accept payment on the spot, as soon as they’ve closed the deal.

3. Providing on-the-spot invoicing for contractors

Anyone who has ever done contract work knows that getting paid is a constant headache—especially if you do a lot of one-time projects like consulting or renovations. Getting both parties’ expectations in writing is essential, and until recently, it was difficult to get it all down on the spot in a legally-binding and credible way. A tablet with a solid online invoicing system allows contractors to define exactly what work they’re going to do, and what they expect in compensation. By lending the legal muscle of large financial institutions to small-scale transactions, tablets have made contract work safer for both providers and customers.

4. Putting the finishing touches on “just-in-time” production lines

Major corporations have had every element of their supply chains computerized for decades; but at the warehouse level, employees who spent all day on their feet were still stuck with manual inventory tracking—a single weak link in an otherwise extremely efficient system. Now, companies with vast supply chains like Microsoft and Wal-Mart have their workers equipped with tablets to monitor inventory and track shipments—so that executives know everything there is to know, as soon as it happens. These ultra-efficient supply chains lower the cost of inventory and enable expanded global reach with cheaper shipping.

5. Transforming point-of-sale

This may seem like a small thing, but small businesses like restaurants are able to save hundreds of dollars in work-hours every night by using tablet-based point-of-sale systems. When a server takes an order on a tablet, it’s available in the kitchen instantaneously—with no waiting for the server to complete his or her rounds. Then, when it’s time to pay, the server can swipe a credit card right at the table, saving the customer’s time, clearing the table quicker, and ultimately, allowing the restaurant to be more profitable on busy nights. By giving servers less walking and waiting to do, restaurants are able to serve more customers with a lighter crew, keeping costs lower and bringing in higher revenue.

Tara Wagner is a staff writer for TechBreach. She has worked from home for over a decade, and loves sharing news and advice with fellow telecommuting moms and dads. She’s fascinated by new tech and new ideas; and when she finds time to unplug, she enjoys long hikes in the mountains near her home. She lives in Denver.

Will Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 Recover Market Share Potential?

Samsung Galaxy Tab (T-Mobile) © by medbuoy

Samsung introduced its Galaxy Tab 10.1 recently, and already it has Apple’s knickers in a twist, much to the chagrin of Australian Android fans. The South Korean manufacturer cannot distribute the new entrant to the tablet market until either it receives court permission to do so, or Apple and Samsung resolve their latest patent differences. Will Samsung cut their losses before they’re cut out of this e-generation’s market share?

Apple has filed suit against Samsung for 10 alleged patent infringements in the Android device, including the touchscreen technology on iPad, the “look and feel” of the device.

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Apple’s attorneys will seek injunctions preventing distribution of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in other, unspecified countries as well.

The dispute isn’t brand new. Apple sued Samsung in the United States for “slavishly imitating” the iPhone and iPad design and technologies. Samsung retaliated with “Well, MY dad…” suits against Apple in Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

Meanwhile, because the prior US injunction could not and did not include distribution and sales in Australia, Samsung initiated their pre-launch advertising on July 20th. Samsung had agreed to provide Apple with three samples of the Australian version seven days prior to its launch there.

The injunction is based on the US lawsuit, although the Australian version is a bit different from the Australian version.

With Blackberry’s PlayBook entering the tablet market, Samsung will have an even tougher fight to gain a reasonable market share, especially with the interest in the iPad 2.

The Blackberry PlayBook and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab look a lot alike. They’re about the same size and thickness. They both have fair battery life, but neither duration will knock anyone’s socks off.

PlayBook as a horizontal orientation while Galaxy Tab has a vertical one. They each have an LCD screen with either 1024 x 600 or 600 x 1024 pixel resolution, but Galaxy Tab has a narrower contrast ratio and peak brightness threshold.

Blackberry’s PlayBook is at a distinct disadvantage in its Internet technology. Its proprietary software doesn’t allow as much content as Android does in the Samsung device. That, alone, will cause a lag in sales behind not just the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but also any Android device.

Apple’s iPad 2 is also vertically-oriented and is slightly smaller than either the PlayBook or the Galaxy Tab. Internal memories of the iPad 2 and PlayBook match at 16.0 GB. PlayBook’s screen allows slightly easier reading than iPad does, but iPad’s battery lasts a fraction longer in audio, e-book reading and video play, but since neither battery is anything spectacular, that’s not exactly major bragging points.

Direct comparison of the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 shows that the iPad is both longer and wider than Samsung’s model. The Galaxy Tab offers a memory card for data transfer and storage, whereas, the iPad 2 does not. Both devices use an LCD screen, but iPad 2 does edge out the Galaxy Tab in brightness, which shows distinct advantage when reading or watching videos on them.

Internet capabilities are fairly evenly matched in overall email capabilities and web browsers. The iPad 2, however, as a member of the Apple iPad family, does have a wider selection of apps available than the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

With those side-by-side comparisons, will Samsung have a decent chance to catch up to iPad 2 in demand, or will the Blackberry PlayBook sneak further up the user’s preference list?

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